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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

2. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

3. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

4. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

5. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

2. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

3. How does Plato refer to himself in the Socratic dialogues?

4. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

5. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

6. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

7. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

8. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

9. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

10. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Socrates' final wish was that a rooster be given as an offering to Asclepius, the god of healing. What was the significance of this request? Why would Socrates ask for an offering to be given to Asclepius, instead of Apollo - the god of wisdom, and the one who supposedly gave Socrates his other inspirations? What is the significance of the rooster? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Plato referred to himself in the dialogues, but only in passing, as one of Socrates' many friends. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that Socrates considered Plato to be "special" amongst his students and friends? Why or why not? Do you think Plato's representation of himself in the dialogues is an accurate representation of his true relationship with Socrates, as he perceived it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates refuses to leave Athens and escape his punishment because he felt that it was just to stay. Do you agree? Would it have been better for Socrates to have fled Athens? Why or why not? What do you think you would do in this situation? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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